South Charleston coach Donnie Mays was encouraged by his team's effort against Capital, but still not satisfied with a close loss to an unbeaten and highly-ranked squad.
The two losses so far this season for the Black Eagles (3-2) have come to No. 2 George Washington by seven points and by three points in OT to the No. 3 Cougars.
Some bright spots for SC - it took the lead after falling behind 21-7 at halftime and 24-13 early in the fourth quarter; it held Capital to 262 net yards in four-plus quarters (166 below average); and limited Cougars' standout running back Kashuan Haley to 38 yards rushing, well under his previous season low of 122.
"Our kids didn't give up at halftime, and I'm extremely proud of them.'' Mays said. "We went in there at the half and talked about things we've been through this year.
"Kudos to Capital for not giving up, either. But once again, we're not into moral victories. We're gonna come back and we're gonna get after it for Parkersburg.''
The Big Reds (2-2) visit SC at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
A couple more interesting matchups dot the Mountain State Athletic Conference schedule this week, as GW (4-0) visits Princeton (2-3) and Spring Valley (3-2) hosts Winfield (2-2).
GW thumped Princeton 61-11 last season as the Tigers played without injured Tahj Sho-Johnson, their standout running back.
Princeton has presently lost three straight games - to Capital, Hurricane and Spring Valley, who hold a combined record of 11-3.
Spring Valley, meanwhile, topped the Generals 41-7 a year ago, rolling up 571 total yards and picking off three passes.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.